The Corner

Reporters Perplexed By Obama’s Jargon, Ask For Definition of ‘Permission Structure’

White House reporters asked for a clearer definition of what exactly President Obama meant in his press conference yesterday when he talked about the need to create “a permission structure” that would allow Republican members of Congress to “be able to do what’s going to be best for the country.” 

President Obama made the comment yesterday in the course of explaining that his commonsense solutions had met with opposition from Republicans because they were worried about politics and primary opponents.

“It’s a phrase that’s in common usage here,” a surprised Jay Carney responded when asked who the president thought lawmakers were looking for permission from.

Carney explained that a permission structure is a way for the president to find “common ground” with congressional Republicans on the budget, but he gave few specifics about how it would be created.

Most Popular


Democrats Are Dumping Moderates

The activist base of the Democratic party is lurching left fast enough that everyone should pay attention. Activists matter because their turnout in low-turnout primaries and caucuses almost propelled leftist Bernie Sanders to victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated New ... Read More

Questions for Al Franken

1)Al, as you were posting on social media a list of proposed questions for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, did it occur to you that your opinion on the matter is no more relevant than Harvey Weinstein’s? 2) Al, is it appropriate for a disgraced former U.S. senator to use the Twitter cognomen “U.S. ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Strzok by a Farce

An investigation is one of two things: a search for the truth, or a farce. The House is conducting a farce. That fact was on full display during ten hours of testimony by Peter Strzok, the logorrheic lawman who steered the FBI’s Clinton-emails and Trump–Russia probes. The principal question before the ... Read More
Film & TV

Stalin at the Movies

Toward the end of The Death of Stalin, two Communist Party bosses size up Joseph Stalin’s immediate successor, Georgy Malenkov. “Can we trust him?” one asks. “Can you ever really trust a weak man?” his comrade answers. Good question. Last week brought the news that the head of Shambhala ... Read More